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Lunch time

By scarlet-rain
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This was one of dozens of Red-tailed black cockatoos noisily destroying Casuarina trees in search of the seeds, near where I live. I think this one is a juvenile male.

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This photo was published in Australasian UNEP Finance Initiative Newsletter issue 16.
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
2304x3456px 5.98 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
75 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Feb 23, 2008, 1:20:57 PM
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fire-works's avatar
To me, it looks like a juvenile male, simply because of the lack of yellow stripes and dots on the body of the bird. We're getting a red-tail very soon and it'll be a pain not knowing whether it's male or female for several years! XD

Beautiful picture :) They really do love Casuarinas :P
scarlet-rain's avatar
I see. Thanks for that info and good luck with your bird keeping :)
LyrebirdJacki's avatar
this one is a female, juvinile males dont have the tiger like stripes on the tails and they have a slightly larger crest. lovely photo
scarlet-rain's avatar
Thanks for that. I read on Wikipedia that the juveniles have orange tails like the females, but it didn't say how they are distinguished.
nathanial7's avatar
its a juvenile male, no yellowish dots on it wings and head.
its about 2 years old, the dots go away first then the red in the tail comes
Jellaboom's avatar
Shame that they are destroying trees, but what a beautiful bird to see in one!!
Typthis's avatar
What makes you say he's a juvenile male?
scarlet-rain's avatar
Apparently the juvenile males look a lot like the females (spots on cheeks, yellow/orange feathers in tail) until about 4 years of age. This one had more orangey/red feathers than a female, but not as red as the male feathers.
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